CONNECT is the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. Its mission is to research and develop innovative solutions for the communications challenges facing society today. The Internet of Things, 5G networks and new broadband architectures are the Centre’s main areas of focus.

Over 250 CONNECT researchers across 10 Higher Education Institutes are supported by €50 million of funding from the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme, the European Regional Development Fund and industry partners.

Current networks are proving a roadblock to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. We all want faster and richer data but networks are currently overwhelmed by this traffic. CONNECT is developing networks that automatically respond to the needs of the services that run on them.

CONNECT leads the ENABLE research programme which investigates ways of connecting communities to smart urban environments through the Internet of Things.

Research Areas

CONNECT researches future networks, Internet of Things, 5G and beyond from the following network perspectives:

  • Converged (merging optical and wireless networks and data centres)
  • Dense (delivering on the promise of 1000X capacity increases)
  • Low Energy (low-cost and low-power sensors, actuators and radios)
  • Moving (network infrastructure is mobile, e.g., planes, trains, automobiles)
  • Nano (molecular-scale communications networks)
  • Shared (accessing and owning network resources in new ways)

CONNECT researchers have vast expertise in test and experimentation in these areas.

Research Programmes

CONNECT’s 250 researchers tackle issues of particular interest to industry. Their work includes the development of:

  • Energy-efficient, ultra-low-power smart sensors 
  • Programmable network substrates for multi-stakeholder ecosystems 
  • Extreme-sharing systems for Cloud-RAN architectures 
  • Network-aware, reconfigurable, multiband/multimode transceiver architectures 
  • Quality-of-experience management for sparse, bursty data networks

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

CONNECT works with a wide range of industry partners on targeted projects in the areas of Internet of Things, future cellular (5G and beyond), next-generation broadband, software-defined networks and cloud-based services. CONNECT’s expert researchers are dedicated to delivering outstanding results at the pace and standard demanded by industry.

  • Accuflow
  • Acessgreen
  • Aeronet Global
  • Ampleon
  • Analog Devices
  • Arris
  • ARUP
  • Benetel
  • BlueMetrix
  • Civic Integrated Solutions
  • Cork City Council
  • Cork County Council
  • Dell EMC
  • DenseAir
  • Digital Canopy Technologies Ltd
  • Dublin City Council
  • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co.
  • Ericsson
  • ESB
  • Google
  • Granahan McCourt
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Johnson Controls
  • McKesson
  • Nexalus
  • Nokia
  • Nonlinear Systems
  • Predictive Control Systems
  • Rambus
  • Real Wireless
  • Rivada Networks
  • Routematch
  • S3 Group
  • Seagate
  • Silent Sensors
  • Softbank
  • Synopsys
  • Taoglas
  • TrackNStop
  • UTRC
  • Westire Technology Ltd
  • Workz
  • Xilinx
  • Zeto


Pervasive Nation – Ireland’s Internet of Things testbed using a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). 
Ireland’s largest public data centre at TSSG, based in Waterford
Indoor/outdoor wireless testbeds for cellular, Cloud-RAN and SDR
RadioSpace - a national facility for the development and testing of new radio technologies for the Internet of Things and 5G, based in Waterford Institute of Technology.

 Education and Public Engagement

CONNECT has a strong commitment to education and public engagement. A key focus of this outreach is ‘STEAM’ - using the Arts and creative practices in the traditional formula of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. CONNECT researchers also engage with the public at events such as the National Ploughing Championships, Inspirefest, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and also with visits to schools.

Key Contact Details

Prof Brendan Jennings
Centre Director

Dr Pat Kelly
Executive Director

Prof Cormac Sreenan
Deputy Director

Prof Cian Ó Mathúna
Deputy Director

Mark Cooney
Industry Programme Manager

Martin Johnsson
Industry Programme Manager

Dr David Fizpatrick
International Funding Manager

Shirley Walsh
Finance Manager

Dr Andrew O’Connell
Communications, Education and Outreach Manager